So, hello people. #fitfam officially starts today. I read Shakirat’s post on her weight loss journey and it is so very inspiring. Happy to read another food blogger who hasn’t demonised Nigerian food because it seems to be the very first thing people attack when they talk about dieting. She has told me that I am naturally lepa (skinny), and while that may be true, I am not totally immune to weight gain. In my next post, I will share my story about my body’s relationship with Nigerian food. While you may not totally agree, you were not meant to, because as they say, whatever works for you.
Today, I am bringing you a smoothie plan, take note of the operative word – plan and not diet. I did try this smoothie and didn’t really enjoy it, for the reason that I don’t like fruits, like not at all. My mother can tell you stories for days as to how I flung my fruit and veg at her as a toddler, so my hate-hate relationship with fruit and veg didn’t start today. In the next post, I inferred that any time I try to force myself to do all these diet what not, it never works, so I am not even going to force my taste buds into any rigid movement, but I intend to incorporate more fruits and veg into my diet and move more, so I can have a long lasting lifestyle, not a January fad thing.
So, what is the Stunnababez smoothie – well a fellow foodie sister Temitope, who introduced us to fortifying Nigerian solids with vegetables came up with this smoothie concoction that she swears by and has pictures to show for it. I can imagine some people will roll their eyes, but hey, if you haven’t tried it don’t knock it. Someone I respect a lot, and who doesn’t tell you bull is my friend Ms Joxy. If she tells you something worked, you best believe it does, and I saw it with my own eyes. Her husband had to tell her, it is okay Missy, this smoothie thing you are doing is making you drop the pounds too fast. You will soon disappear. Joke’s plan was to have her smoothies two times a day with lunch in the middle, and small portion snacking during the day. Like me, Joke ate purely Nigerian food and did zero exercising because for reasons she did not divulge, she could not join us in all our Sean T’ing. Remembering Joke and how my eyes almost popped out when I saw her post Stunnababez smoothie days made me say okay, in January, I will bring this to you guys.
My goal too is to have this two times a day. Once for breakfast. If I am too much in a hurry from waking up late, my hand blender and I are going to work and I will make it there. I will have a packed lunch, all made by myself. No more quick drives to the pub for lunch. In the evenings, I am going to have my smoothie again, freshly prepared, give it an hour then my date with Sean T before I have dinner. Again, I am going the Nigerian food way. I am not brave enough to take pictures now, I cringe looking at the mirror enough, won’t share that with the world, but after 30 days, I am definitely going to go snapping away because I know what works for my body. It may be the lemon, it may be the apple cider vinegar, or the oats that fills your tummy, I don’t know, but after seeing Temitope’s pictures, the pictures of her clients and Ms Joxy, I guess the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
Again, this smoothie is going to be part of a lifestyle of eating as I normally would with Nigerian food and an exercise regime of Sean T’s Hip Hop Abs, and if I get accepted by my couch to 5K running group, then it is with running 3 times a week. I will try and share my daily meal plan as I go. Nothing not cooked in my kitchen goes past this mouth. For the good of everybody, I am going to try to include some traditionally healthy Nigerian recipes, but as I said earlier, if I try to force it, I would get irritated with the process and quit. Join the Stunnababez smoothie challenge. I am making the Sokotastic Version this morning. On other days, I will try other Nigerian veg like Tete (green), Ugu and even Uziza or bitter leaves. You can try other veg like collard greens, kale and spinach.
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- 2 - 6 tbs of Cooked Oats - you can do this for 2 mins in a microwave
- 2 apples
- 1 handful of Soko, or three frozen cubes - you can also use Spinach
- 2 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
- A handful of strawberries - or any choice of sweet fruits
- 2 bananas
- Your choice of low fat milk - almond milk, coconut milk, tiger nut milk
- 1 tbs of ground linseed/flaxseed/moringa powder - my addition
- 1 red chili - my addition too
- Add all the contents stated above into a blender and blitz till smooth. You can use your nutri bullet, smoothie maker or hand blender.
- Aim to consume within 15 minutes. Any longer and the nutritional benefits of the fruits will have deteriorated.
My problem with smoothies have always been the bland taste. After a few gulps, and no excitement of my taste buds, i find it difficult to finish a glass, so while grabbing fruits from the fridge this morning, I spied my red chili and thought what the heck, add it. Oh Wow. The heat was EXACTLY what I needed. I finished my glass in 30 seconds flat. Chilies are very good for your metabolism too, so go figure